Thursday 20 October 2016

Grieving family slam 'offensive' reports over sudden death of Leon (11) who 'loved life'

Claire Williamson

Published 23/09/2016 | 09:04

Leon Carlisle
Leon Carlisle

A family have said they are devastated following the sudden death of their 11-year-old son who "loved life".

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Tributes have been paid to Leon Carlisle who passed away on Wednesday night at his home in west Belfast.

Leon was a student at St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School. Hundreds of messages of support and well-wishes have been left for his family.

The young boy's family has paid tribute to him online saying that he "loved life" and that he had "loads of friends".

However, the family's grief was compounded by false reports which were quickly spread on social media.

The reports forced his father to plead with the public to stop them being shared.

Through his grief, his father John posted on Facebook to clear up the "insensitive and offensive" reports.

He said: "Just lost my 11-year-old son and it feels like I've woke up to a nightmare. I would like to clear a few things up, Leon wasn't depressed he loved life, he didn't have mental health problems, he wasn't being bullied he had loads of friends and loved getting out to play."

He added: "I know people are rightfully shocked, some are trying to show respect but 90% of the comments I'm reading are insensitive and offensive as they are not true.

"If people could spread the truth and not hearsay I would greatly appreciate it."

The youngster's school also paid tribute to the "popular" student. It said: "It is with great sadness that the St Mary's CBGS community has learnt of the sudden death of Year 8 student Leon Carlisle following a tragic accident at his home.

"Leon was a popular Year 8 student and his loss will be sorely felt throughout the whole school and wider community.

"The thoughts and prayers of the St Mary's community are with his family at this sad time."

Police confirmed they received the report of a sudden death in west Belfast and that it is not being treated as suspicious.

Belfast Telegraph

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